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June 06, 2006

spawnosphere: Kaitlin Colombo


Today's lesson: Abigail is far more on top of the "spawnosphere" than I.

Since I did a run through of the queerspawn bloggers for last night's summary I decided to one of my semi-regular checks on technorati for today's check into the "spawnosphere."

More than a few bloggers mentioned watching Last Comic Standing and hearing contestant Kaitlin Colombo's jokes about having a gay dad. News to me... but of course Abigail's on top of it. She posted about Kaitlin days ago and even included news of her upcoming appearance on a Rosie R Family cruise.

It's nice to see queerspawn out and about, even if I wasn't totally into it... but in her defense, I'm picky about stand up and two minutes barely gives you time to warm up a crowd. And her "smother" joke did make me laugh out loud. (So maybe I'm just up too late.) Personally, I'm more curious to see her commentary on E! specials like "101 Celebrity Slimdowns" and "10 Ways to Superstardom."

See her for yourself and watch Kaitlin's clip on Last Comic Standing.

Or... become Kaitlin's friend on myspace. There are even a few blog posts there. (See how this all comes back around.)

Kaitlin... welcome to the spawnosphere.

March 05, 2006

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the big gay oscars

Tonight is setting up to be the queerist Oscars in history.

In honor of the biggest night in Hollywood, Hope Manley offers up a reflection on the representation of queerspawn in two Oscar-nominated films: Brokeback Mountain and Transamerica.

"It isn’t often kids with l/g/b/t parents see ourselves on Hollywood’s silver screen, so I was recently thrilled to see us twice in the same week. Flashes of my girlhood, my emotions, my family up on the screen popcorn and soda in hand at my local cineplex."

Read Hope's whole essay by clicking the link below.

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February 02, 2006

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the oscar tipping point

Yesterday's Oscar nominations were quite momentous for queer and queerspawn representations in major feature films.

First off, Brokeback Mountain, led all films in total number of nominations with eight. Including off course the big ones, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director and Best Picture.

The other big film (featuring queerspawn) of the year, Transamerica, nabbed two nominations: Best Actress and Best Original Song. And even though Felicity Huffman is up against two Oscar winning actresses, snagging the Golden Globe award and a SAG nomination still keeps her in the running.

With Phillip Seymour Hoffman also nominated for Capote it is highly conveivable that this could be a very queer Oscar year indeed.

January 19, 2006

Brokeback Mountain Wins Four Globes

In my ongoing fixation on the cultural ramifications of Brokeback Mountain...

On Monday, the film won four Golden Globes:
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
BEST DIRECTOR - MOTION PICTURE
BEST SCREENPLAY - MOTION PICTURE
BEST ORIGINAL SONG - MOTION PICTURE

Next week Oscar nominations are annouced. I would be surprised if the film doesn't garner at least as many nominations (seven) as for the globes. In the coming weeks leading up to Oscar season I expect more and more press coverage on the film.

The question is whether or not there will be any attention paid to the roles of the children of both men. Look out for stories that feature "real Brokeback Mountain" or similar personal interest stories, assuming they haven't begun already.

In the coming days and weeks I will post reflections on the film (and other films this year) from queerspawn. If you would like to add your voice, please contribute.